1. Vine Star Shawn Mendes Set For Big Debut With 'Life Of The Party'

    June 27, 2014 6:38 PM EDT The teen could sell 200,000 first-week downloads of his ballad, setting up a likely top-25 debut on the Hot 100 next week Shawn Mendes is getting the "Party" started in a big way.   The 15-year-old Canadian pop singer, who first gained acclaim by performing cover songs on…

  2. Is Big Smo For Real? A Q&A With the Self-Proclaimed 'Hick Ross'

    June 27, 2014 3:46 PM EDT Meet the country-rap "hick-hopper" with an A&E show and a record deal. A&E’s latest reality star? A country rapper named Big Smo. Real name John Smith, the 39-year-old Unionville, Tenn., native falls somewhere between Colt Ford and Bubba Sparxxx. Smo’s self-titled series,…

  3. Judas Priest On Fall U.S. Tour: 'We're Ready To Go'

    June 27, 2014 3:12 PM EDT Frontman Rob Halford says the legendary metal group is "reconstructing the way we tour." With a 21-date U.S. tour announced for the fall, it's clear that reports of Judas Priest's touring demise after its 2011-12 Epitaph World Tour were greatly exaggerated. The iconic…

  4. 'Jersey Boys,' Frankie Valli Surge On Billboard 200

    June 27, 2014 2:35 PM EDT All things 'Jersey Boys' are red-hot, as two titles featuring the legendary sound storm the chart, with Valli and the 4 Seasons scoring their highest rank in decades The stage musical about Frankie Valli and the 4 Seasons and its recently-released film adaptation stir sales gains on…

  5. Chart Moves: Michael Jackson Tops Adult R&B; Kenny Chesney Soars Onto Hot Country Songs; Michelle Williams' Destiny's Child Reunion Leads Hot Gospel Songs

    June 27, 2014 1:09 PM EDT As previously reported, Iggy Azalea spends a fifth week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Fancy," featuring Charli XCX, while MAGIC! (No. 3) takes over atop Digital Songs with "Rude." Who else makes moves on Billboard song charts this week? -- Enrique Iglesias: The…

  6. Tomorrow's Hits: Kiesza Moves Front And Center With 'Hideaway'

    June 27, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Each Friday, Billboard presents Tomorrow's Hits, a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: Kiesza, Ella Henderson and Justin Quiles Kiesza Kiesza has gone from code breaker for the Royal Canadian Navy (yes, really) to…

  7. Linkin Park Gets 'Party' Started At No. 1 On Top Rock Albums

    June 26, 2014 5:34 PM EDT The band scores its fourth leader on the list, while OK Go and Arctic Monkeys ride new videos to chart advances Linkin Park's "The Hunting Party" starts at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Rock Albums chart with 110,000 first-week copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan.…

  8. Barbra Streisand Duets Album Almost Finished, Says Babyface

    June 26, 2014 1:24 PM EDT "It's a beautiful, beautiful record," says the legendary producer of the upcoming all-star album. Barbra Streisand's upcoming all-star duets album is nearing completion, according to one of its producers. "It took a long time to get it done, but we're…

  9. Hollywood's 10 Favorite Music Films: 'Wizard of Oz,' 'Almost Famous,' 'Lion King' & More

    June 25, 2014 4:22 PM EDT There are plenty of great films and almost just as many lists of great films. So The Hollywood Reporter set out to do one better -- for the July 4 issue, they surveyed over two thousand distinguished members of the movie industry for the ultimate insiders list. What resulted is Hollywood&…

  10. Aretha Franklin Talks Working With Andre 3000, Covering 'Rolling In The Deep'

    June 25, 2014 3:59 PM EDT The legendary singer says of her new covers album, "We're going to give you exactly what you're expecting and what you're not expecting." Aretha Franklin is "more than happy" with the progress of her upcoming divas covers album, but she acknowledges that…

  11. Iggy Azalea Leads Hot 100 For Fifth Week, Maroon 5 Debuts In Top 20

    June 25, 2014 2:51 PM EDT The Australian rapper reigns again with 'Fancy,' while staying at No. 2 as featured on Ariana Grande's 'Problem.' Plus, MAGIC!'s 'Rude' rules Digital Songs and Maroon 5 debuts. Iggy Azalea notches a fifth week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100…

  12. Michael Jackson's Top 50 Billboard Hits

    June 25, 2014 9:00 AM EDT On the 5th anniversary of his death, we look back at the music that made Michael Jackson the undisputed King of Pop In a career that spanned almost all 50 years of his life, Michael Jackson became a mainstay on the Billboard charts. It was his dominance on the weekly Billboard Hot…

  13. Rewinding The Charts: In 1988, Debbie Gibson Bopped To The Top

    June 25, 2014 8:05 AM EDT On this date, the then-17-year-old high schooler-turned-pop star became the youngest female artist to write, produce and perform a Hot 100 No. 1 Twenty-six years ago, while most high school seniors likely were looking for a summer job, one precocious overachiever was adding a historic…

  14. Justin Moore's 'Night' Tops Country Airplay Chart, Kenny Chesney Returns

    June 24, 2014 2:35 PM EDT Moore notches his fourth No. 1, while Chesney tallies his record-extending 10th top-30 debut Justin Moore snares his fourth No. 1, and best weekly audience, on Billboard's Country Airplay chart, as "Lettin' the Night Roll" steps 2-1. The Arkansas previously led (for a week…

  15. Clean Bandit Puts Classical Music In The House With 'Rather Be'

    June 24, 2014 1:05 PM EDT The British quartet hits the Hot 100 with its former four week U.K. No. 1, an unlikely mix of live strings and dance beats "We try not to see boundaries between genres. We believe you can just do whatever you want," says Jack Patterson, multi-instrumentalist of Clean Bandit. For the…

  16. The Shins' James Mercer: Zach Braff Soundtrack Song 'One Of The Best Things I've Ever Done'

    June 24, 2014 12:20 PM EDT The Shins leader discusses the "So Now What" and the status of the "Port of Morrow" follow-up. James Mercer says the invitation to write for another Zach Braff movie offered a chance to do something with the Shins while his schedule has been dominated by Broken Bells, his…

  17. Ask Billboard: With Nico & Vinz, Norway Continues U.S. Chart Invasion

    June 24, 2014 11:05 AM EDT The duo's 'Am I Wrong' continues an unprecedented run of U.S. success for Norwegian musical exports. Plus, an Imagine Dragons feat, Linkin Park sales and remembering Casey Kasem As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to…

  18. Chart Highlights: Maroon 5's 'Maps' Makes Record Start; Michael Jackson, Justin Timberlake Top Adult R&B Songs

    June 23, 2014 4:55 PM EDT Maroon 5's Maps' start's with the best first-week plays total in the Adult Pop Songs airplay chart's history. Plus, new No. 1s for Jackson and Timberlake, Iggy Azalea and Enrique Iglesias Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard…

  19. U.K. Singles Chart To Incorporate Music Streams For First Time

    June 23, 2014 2:05 PM EDT The United Kingdom's Official Singles Chart is to undergo one of the biggest shake-ups in its 62-year history next month when it begins incorporating audio streams for the first time The United Kingdom's Official Singles Chart is to undergo one of the biggest shake-ups in its 62…

  20. This Week In Billboard Chart History: Drake Begins R&B/Hip-Hop Domination

    June 23, 2014 8:05 AM EDT This week five years ago, the rapper/singer scored his first No. 1 with 'Best I Ever Had.' Plus, remembering key chart feats for M.C. Hammer, Carole King and Nelly Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history June 23…

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